New Features, Fewer Engines for Jaguar’s Smallest Sedan
By Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor – Edmunds
(Watch Introductory Video Below)
March 4, 2019 – By the time the Jaguar XE was released just two years ago, new-car buyers were already plunging into the crossover pool. It took a lot of confidence to produce a new sedan as the market was moving toward SUVs, and the car would have had to be amazing to succeed.
Unfortunately, the XE was not a hit; Jaguar successfully infused the XE with the automaker’s characteristically sporty driving dynamics, but the cabin was tight by the segment’s standards, and the base engine too slow.
Even worse, the subpar cabin materials and panel fitment made it feel like a nice compact car rather than a true luxury sedan. To put it generously, there was plenty of room for improvement.
The upcoming refresh aims to address some of these issues. The 2020 Jaguar XE debuts this summer with a new look, a revised infotainment system and an upgraded interior, among other enhancements. The revisions should make the 2020 model more competitive than the current version, though concerns about roominess and base engine performance are likely to remain.
A More Upscale, High-Tech Interior
A handful of new styling cues — including near front and rear bumpers, a wider grille and redesigned taillights — help distinguish the 2020 model from previous years, but the most significant changes are inside.
Front and center is the optional InControl Touch Pro Duo system, composed of two touchscreens that control the majority of the car’s settings. The upper 10-inch screen governs the infotainment system, while lower screen, two physical rotary knobs handle adjustments to the climate control.
Watch Video below of the 2020 Jaguar XE, video credit CAR TV, published Feb. 28, 2019: